The Pro-Life Position in One Minute

The Pro-Life position is extremely clear, it’s easy to grasp, and the clarity of our argument frustrates our opponents. Here is our argument:

Premise 1: It is wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being.

Premise 2: Abortion intentionally kills an innocent human being.

Conclusion: Therefore abortion is wrong.

The argument has to be defeated either by showing it is invalid, meaning the premises do not lead to the conclusion, or that it is unsound, meaning the premises are untrue. The good news for the pro-life Christian is that this defeat is an impossible act for our critics to achieve. If we know how to state our case clearly and concisely, then we can reach the hearts and minds of skeptics around us. We have a chance of going into a secular culture that doesn’t share our worldview and demonstrating that we can make a case for our position that is not illogical. It is one that is biblically sound but also gives reasons that are accessible to those who are not churchgoing people.

I seek to train people in how to make the case for the pro-life view in a secular environment. You’re no longer going to be caught flat-footed. In fact, suppose you only have one minute to give your pro-life case. Suppose your Aunt Betty comes to visit you at Thanksgiving and she says to you, “Now tell me again why you are pro-life?” She’s eating her Thanksgiving turkey, looking at you skeptically, and doubting that you can make an argument for what you believe.

Here is exactly what you should say to Aunt Betty, “I’m pro-life because the science of embryology says that from the earliest stages of development you were a distinct, living, and whole human being. You were not part of another human being like skin cells on the back of my hand. You were already a member of the human family even though you had yet to mature and grow. There is no essential difference between the embryo you once were and the adult you are today that would justify killing you back then. Difference in size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency are not good reasons for saying you could be killed then but not now.”

It doesn’t take a PhD in philosophy or a degree in rocket science, it just takes the patience to give someone something to think about. Your job isn’t to convert them on the spot. Your job is to put a pebble in their shoe and let it wear on them.

Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute, which was established in 2004 to challenge and equip pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square.

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